Friday, 29 April 2016

Must Read: So You Think You Are Patriotic?

So you think you can dance is my favorite reality show. The show thought me a lesson that says the test of your ability is in your ability to do whatever you do well by giving it your best shot. So you think you are patriotic, is an article that seeks to shade better light on what patriotism really should be. Read it below:


Yes the true meaning of patriotism. Nigerians can get really patriotic, especially on Independence Day in October, Democracy day in May and the rest. Walk down the street in Nigeria and ask one citizen after another what patriotism means and with few exceptions, you’ll get a passel of the most self-righteous but superficial and often dead-wrong answers. Nigeria’s Founders, the men and women who gave us reason to be patriotic in the first place, would think we’ve lost our minds if they could see how we have watered down acts of patriotism. Continue......

16 US soldiers punished for hospital bombing.

The damaged MSF hospital in Kunduz, pictured 10 days after the attack
Sixteen US military personnel have been punished with disciplinary measures over the bombing of an Afghan hospital that left 42 dead, officials say.

No criminal charges have been filed, according to an unnamed official quoted by the AP news agency.

The attack on the Medecins Sans Frontieres hospital took place last October during a campaign to retake the city of Kunduz from Taliban forces.

NYSC to deploy doctors, nurses, others to IDPs camps.

The National Youth Services Corp, NYSC is to deploy Doctors, Nurses and other medical Corp members to all the major Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs camps across the country, the Director General of the Corp, Brigadier General Suleiman Zakari Kazaure has disclosed. 

General Kazaure, who spoke in Yola yesterday at the Damare IDPs camp stated that the move is to solve the present medical challenges facing the camps. The NYSC Director-General while on his maiden visit to the Adamawa State Directorate of the Corp admonished other stakeholders not to relent in their efforts at bringing succor to the displaced persons. 

FG Declares Monday, May 2nd Public Holiday

The Federal Government has declared Monday, May 2nd as a public holiday to commemorate the 2016 Workers’ Day Celebration.

The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau made the announcement in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mr Bassey Akpanyung today in Abuja. The minister congratulated the workers for their resilience, hard work and commitment to the change mantra of President Muhammadu Buhari despite the current challenges.

Photos: President Buhari meet with Governors.

President Buhari yesterday had a meeting with members of the Nigerian Governors Forum at the state house Abuja today April 28th. Continue to see more photos...

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Must attend Education Summit featuring Pat Utomi and others as Guest Speakers.(See details)

A good education is a ladder to life-long opportunities and self improvement - but have you wondered how to pass your WAEC? or JAMB? or even how to get a Masters or PhD?

The singles Ministry of Family Worship Centre – The ANVIL, is organizing an education summit to help members bridge the gaps in their educational goals.

From this summit extramural classes will be organized for WAEC and JAMB candidates.

Budget impasse- 15 Man committee to harmonize grey areas before Monday.

Buhari presents N6.08trn 2016 budget to NASS
The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yussuf Lasun, is to lead the 10-man National Assembly Committee to interface with another 5-man committee from the executive to harmonise all the grey areas pointed out by the Presidency on the 2016 budget. 

The 15-man committee which has five members of the House of Representatives and five members from the senate as well as the five members from the executive is expected to finish its assignment on or before next Monday for the presidential assent expected to take place between Tuesday and Wednesday of the week. 

There is no successful musician having a good home - Flavour

In an interview with Hip TV, singer Flavour who has two babymamas, Sandra Okagbue and Anna Banner, says marriage could be a distraction for any successful artiste, especially him and that most successful artiste who are at the peak of their craft, crash once they get married.

"Marriage is not a thing that you just go into. This music business is a serious business. My own opinion, I think if you are in the peak of your career, you don't need any distraction. So for now I think marriage could be a distraction for me because it is a whole big institution that when you go in, you have to be fully prepared to know what you are getting into.

FG stops funding overseas medical trips for officials.

The Federal Government yesterday said it would no longer provide resources to any government official to travel abroad for medical attention on cases that could be handled in the country. 

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 56th Annual General Conference and delegates meeting of Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, in Sokoto, President Muhammadu Buhari, said his administration would not encourage expending hard earned resources on any government official seeking medical care abroad.

Buhari and Enugu State Governor meet over suspected herdsmen attack in the state. (See photos)

President Buhari yesterday night met with the governor of Enugu state, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, over the attack by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Nimbo community in Enugu state on Monday April 25th. The meeting took place at the presidential villa. More photos after the cut...

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Amnesty Exclusion: Ex-Militants take over Government house in protest.(Photos)

Ex-militant block the entrance of Govt house
Former Niger Delta militants blocked entrance to Akwa Ibom state government house for more than four hours on Tuesday, April 26. The Punch reports that over 200 militants arrived Willington Bassey Road that leads to the government house in six buses, chanting songs and carrying placards. 

Some of the placards read: “We are tired of coming to this place”, “Please pay us our salaries”, “How can we be slaves in our state” among others. 

Report: Nigeria not on the list of 15 fastest growing economies in Africa.

After years of being among the fastest growing economy globally, Nigeria have failed to make the top 15 list of fastest growing economies in Africa for 2016.

In 2014 and early 2015, Nigeria was named the third fastest growing economy in the world by CNNMoney, with China and Qatar, taking the lead at 7.3 percent, 7.1 percent gross domestic product (GDP) growth.

Following the 2015 election uncertainty, crash in crude oil price, and prolonged revelation of policy direction by the newly-inaugurated Muhammadu Buhari-led government, Nigeria’s GDP for 2015 crashed to 2.8 percent.

X2D LAUNCHES NEW X2D GOSPEL INSPIRED SAFE ENTERTAINMENT AND LIFETSYLE CHANNEL ON CONSAT PAY TV PLATFORM.


X2D has over the past seven years evolved into Africa's most syndicated gospel inspired entertainment and lifestyle TV brand haven aired on over 50 TV stations across Africa and the UK while offering the most multi diverse content like high quality music videos, interviews, RED carpet, behind the scene of music video shoot, comedy, dance, spoken word and other creative expressions in the history of gospel inspired TV brands in Africa.

The new X2D channel promises to be Africa's premium gospel inspired safe entertainment and lifestyle TV channel offering high quality value based entertainment devoid of nudity, violence and strong language. The channel promises a rich blend of high quality multi diverse content at par with other mainstream entertainment channels in terms of graphics, style, look and feel .

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

15 ways to be the change you want to see in Nigeria- Pt1

If complaining were a course, all Nigerians will have a degree in it. If it can build anything, Nigeria will be a great Nation now, but here we are, in the same mess we've been complaining about. Many years later and my(our) complaining have brought us more to complain about. So here is the Game Changer, let's try it the other way. Instead of complaining, let's #BeTheChange and watch out for a different result. Albert Einstein said 'We can't keep doing the same thing expecting a different result.' And Gandhi really did help, when he said 'We should be the change, we want to see in our Nation.' 

We all dream to live in a better Nigeria- Good roads, drinkable pipe-borne water, constant power supply, world class education, affordable housing, effective and available health care services, a Nation with visionary leaders, where all our socio-economic needs are met etc. I'd love that too, and yes our New Nigeria dream is possible.

With that in mind, let's begin to walk towards our dream, one step at a time with these 15 easy, super-doable things we can all do everyday to make Nigeria slightly better.

A real soulmate after God's heart wouldn't be after your pants - Lynxxx

Find this very profound and thought to share. It's a post done by Lynxxx on a true soulmate.

Lai Mohammed justifies government's fight against corruption, says 55 people stole a quarter of the 2015 budget

While speaking at the Federal Government town Hall meeting in Lagos yesterday April 25th, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, justified the Buhari-led government's fight against corruption. According to him, the fight against corruption is necessary as it has affected the provision of basic amenities to Nigerians. He revealed that 55 people in previous administrations stole one quarter of the 2015 budget. Read what he said below ...

#MustRead- Lead and lead well, wherever you are - Japheth Omojuwa


Among my long prayer list for Nigeria is that God should give us exemplary and visionary leaders who will lead Nigeria to great heights. I equally realized that beyond looking up to leaders in authority, we all can make a difference and contribute directly or in-directly to good governance if we be the change we want to see.

Found this article by Japheth Omojuwa on Metropole and it is a must read. Omojuwa is very vocal with governance and leadership issues. He advocates among many other things, that we lead and lead well from wherever we are. Read the article below:

Touching Story Of How A Boy Started A Lemonade Stand When Foster Mom Couldn’t Afford To Pay His Adoption Fees

A nine-year-old boy has begun a lemonade stand in a bid to raise funds for his own ADOPTION. Tristin Jacobson's biological mother left him on the doorstep of a shelter four years ago in Missouri.

That's when Donnie David was called and told about the young boy - ever since then she's been looking after him. But now Tristin, who loves living with Donnie and her husband, is determined to be adopted by the caring foster mum.

The family are unable to afford the legal fees however - so Tristin is taking action.

15 ways to be the "CHANGE" you want to see in Nigeria - Prt2

Hello my fellow Naija people. It’s always a delight having you on my blog. Your best blogspot for news, event, inspiration and talk that inspire CHANGE. Work is in progress to make every visit to this blog a wonderful experience for you. Together I believe we can make the difference, in making our society, Nation and indeed the world a better place.

Part 1 of ’15 ways to be the change you want to see in Nigeria’ was published 24th of October, 2014 on this blog, and gratefully it had an impressive number of readers. Get it HERE if you missed it. This tells me that many Nigerians are ready to transit from complaining, the very act that have left us with more to complain about and embark on a more productive venture of being the change we want to see in our dear country Nigeria. Nothing changes, except we change, Nigeria will only change when Nigerians change. So let’s begin with some super easy things we can do daily, that can set us on the route to a New Nigeria in an amazing way ever.

Part 2 will feature 5 more ways and rounded up in part 3 which will bring to us the final 5. Below are highlights from Part 1.

A must read: Yes We Can, A new Mind Set For Change Nigeria.


It's a break of a New Nigeria. I look through my eyes of faith and I know Nigeria will cross over all her trouble into her promised land of peace, prosperity and justice for all. However, in this era of change, we all have a role to play.

Are you are an Activist, a Politician, a Civilian, a Blogger , a Media house, a voice on social media, are you a Nigerian? Then one attribute we must all embrace at this time is the power of a dream. The ability to see beyond our present circumstance and believe even in the face of contrary evidence that Nigeria will rise again! Nigeria will not just rise above her problems but She will rise as the Giant of Africa and a force to be reckoned with in the world's economy. Yes we can! Continue

Monday, 25 April 2016

Sad: Former Super Eagle player Femi Opabunmi turns street beggar in Ibadan.

Femi Opabunmi, a former Nigerian football player, who started his football career in Ibadan, Oyo State, played for Shooting Stars FC and Super Eagles has significantly turned into a beggar in Ibadan, Oyo State. According to sources, Femi who went for an eye surgery years back which ended his career has resulted into begging when help failed him from every corner.

IBB opens up on his state of heath, says no one is above death.

Former Military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida yesterday spoke with selected journalists at his Minna home in Niger State capital, where he confirmed to them that he is sick, but not bedridden or dead like as many have reported. He explained;

“It is true I have minimised my appearance at public functions because of my ill health, but not to the level of incapacitation as being widely circulated in some media.”

Ekiti: Six medical doctors die in auto-crash, Governor Fayose declares 3 days mourning.

Six officials of the Nigerian Medical Association Ekiti state chapter who were on their way to Sokoto to attend a conference, died in a road accident along the Kaduna expressway yesterday April 24th.

The six doctors identified as Dr Aladesanmi of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Ido-Ekiti; Dr Oj Taiwo of the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH);
NMA Secretary, Dr Akinyele Lexy; Dr Ogunseye of the Health Management Board (HMB); EKSUTH Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) President, Dr Olajide, Dr Adeniyi James of the FMC and a driver, Mr Ajibola all perished in the autocrash. 

Following their sad demise, Ekiti State Governor Fayose have declared a 3 days mourning period in the state. Read the press statement below...

These are just the darkest days before the dawn — Buhari.

President Muhammadu Buhari last night appealed to Nigerians to bear with him over the difficulties in the land, saying Nigerians were seeing the darkest days before dawn. While appealing to Nigerians who he said were known for their inner strength to soldier on, he said the change which they voted for was at the corner and about to rock every nook and cranny of the country. 

In a strategic move to counter the difficult times, the President ordered the release of 10,000 tons of grains from the national strategic grains reserves. The move, according to Presidential spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu also debunked insinuations that the change mantra of the new administration was concomitant with hard times. 

Expiration date for driver's licence extended to 5 years by FG.

The Corps Marshal and Chief Executive Officer of Federal Road Safety Corps - Boboye Oyeyemi, has announced that the Federal Government has approved the extension of the validity period of Drivers licence to five years. This decision was taken by the Joint Tax Board at its 134th meeting held recently in Kano.

In a chat with Transport Editors in Lagos, the Corps Marshal said rather than Drivers’ licence expiring in three years, drivers now had the option of settling for either three or five years licence.

This however comes with different price tags. Drivers who want the three years' license are to pay N6,000 while those who opted for the five years' licence would pay N10,000.00.

Friday, 22 April 2016

Government Does Not Have the Solution

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In our effort to see a developed Nigeria, we have for too long searched for the answers in our political leadership. Though the role of Government is important in nation-building, the shift in our thinking will indicate that the solution lies with the people and not with Government. These solutions are the ideas that will improve our education, healthcare, power, communications, transportation system, security, drainage system, water & sewage, etc.

Bail Out: Buhari Grants State Govts. Relief From Monthly Deductions

Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun informed sitting at the 66th National Executive Council meeting that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the suspension of monthly deduction from state allocation at source for April.

This is meant by the President to give the States some financial relief at a time the FAAC allocations are dwindling due to the drop in oil prices.

Why my online earning is low - Basket Mouth

Top stand-up comedian, Basketmouth, has opened up on why he has not been able to make enough money from the internet.

The comedian revealed this at Nigeria Entertainment Conference #NECLive held in Lagos on April 20, 2016.

Basketmouth said, “We have millions of people who want to watch YouTube videos but the problem is data is expensive, so if data becomes cheap, more viewers you get, more money you make.”

Following an intense meeting, here are 8 decisions of NFF Technical and development committee.



In view of the current struggles of the Nigeria Senior National Football team, qualification for the 2018 World Cup and other matters concerning Nigerian football, the NFF Technical Committee held an intense meeting in Abuja on Wednesday and made 8 decisions.

Read them after the cut as revealed on the NFF's official website...

Arik Air indebtedness: FG gives FAAN, NAMA 2 weeks ultimatum.

The Federal Government has issued a two-week ultimatum to Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA, and the Arik Air Group to resolve all indebtedness of the airline. This came on a day Arik Air said it had paid the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, N18.9 billion of its indebtedness to the agency and had resumed services after Wednesday’s disruption of its operations by unions in the industry. 

The Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, gave the directive at a meeting with the management of Arik Air in Abuja yesterday. He directed the parties to report back to him after the two-week ultimatum, with a resolution on the amounts owed, payment plans and the way forward. 

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Shiites: Kaduna State wants 50 sect members sentenced to death for killing a soldier.


The Kaduna State Government on Thursday asked a Kaduna High Court to sentence 50 Shiite members to death for allegedly causing the death of a soldier.

The government had filed a five-count charge against the accused before Justice David Wyom.

It accused them of criminal conspiracy, unlawful assembly, culpable homicide, disturbance of public peace and wrongful restrain.

Enyimba stranded in Tunisia.

After securing CAF Champions League group phase ticket in Tunisia on Wednesday at the expense of Etoile du Sahel, Nigeria Premier League champion, Enyimba are stranded in Tunisia due to flight delay by Maroc Air. 

Speaking on phone yesterday, club chairman Felix Anyansi Agwu said the airline rescheduled their flight from yesterday to Saturday. “We cannot come back as we planned because our flight have been rescheduled to Saturday.” 

He expressed joy over his side’s qualification and predicted good things ahead in the championship for Enyimba. “We are happy to have made it to the group stage and I think everything is now a possibility for us in this championship”, he said. 


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"The world lost a creative icon" - Obama's tribute to late music legend, Prince.

RIP, Prince! 

How I started and succeeded with "Jenifa's Diary" - Funke Akindele

Funke Akindele speaking at 4th edition of the Nigerian Entertainment Conference held on April 20, 2016
Funke Akindele
Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele, has opened up on her struggle and the sacrifices she made to become one of the top entertainers in Nigeria.

Speaking at 4th edition of the Nigerian Entertainment Conference (NEC) held on April 20, 2016, at Landmark Event Centre, Oniru, Lagos, Akindele said she was able to fund her“Jenifa’s Diary” project through money saved from her endorsements.

Boko Haram-Afflicted Countries to Receive $40 Million from U.S.

The four African countries bordering Lake Chad currently combating the Nigeria-based jihadist group Boko Haram will receive $40 million in humanitarian assistance from the United States, according to Samantha Power, the American ambassador to the United Nations.

Reuters report, “The money was to help about seven million people affected by the insurgent group that has killed around 15,000 people.”

The $40 million will bring total U.S. aid to the region, since 2014, to $237 million, noted Power who was in the capital of Cameroon where she met the country’s president, Paul Biya.

Amodu To Take Charge of Super Eagles

FLASH| Amodu Takes Charge of Super Eagles

Nigeria Football Technical Director, Shaibu Amodu will make a surprise return to football coaching when he leads a quartet of Salisu Ibrahim, Alloy Agu, Rangers and Abia Warriors chief coaches, Imama Amakapabo and Kennedy Boboye respectively, to serve as the Super Eagles temporary consortium of technical crew to handle the team for the two international friendly matches against Mali and Luxembourg in France.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) technical sub-committee which met yesterday in Abuja has recommended the consortium of coaches to the executive board for ratification ahead of the friendly matches.

Agatu Crisis: Fulani Herdsmen engaged Police and Army in a gun battle.

Fulani herdsmen were engaged in a gun battle with a joint team of Nigerian Army and Mobile Police Force personnel in Agatu- Benue state.

One of the policemen, Corporal Ebiakpo Akparakazi, was also reported missing during the attacks.

The Benue state police spokesman, ASP Moses Yamu confirmed the incident, adding that search teams have been sent out to find the missing officer. Another youth, Inalegwu Chele, was also reported missing during the attacks.

The Daily Sun reports that the herdsmen opened fire on the security team who were on their way to investigate the alleged killing of two youths, after receiving a distress call.

Harriet Tubman To Be First African-American On U.S. Currency

Anti-slavery crusader Harriet Tubman will become the first African-American to be featured on the face of U.S. paper currency when she replaces President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill, the U.S. Treasury Department announced today.

She will also be the first woman on U.S. paper currency in more than a century.

The redesigned $20 bill will move Jackson to the back of the bill alongside an image of the White House.

Fuel crisis will end next week - Ibe Kachikwu

Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, says the fuel crisis being experienced in the country ‎will end by next week. Kachikwu said this while speaking to state house correspondents after the Federal Executive Council meeting yesterday April 20th. He blamed the scarcity on saboteurs. ‎

"The queues are as a result of sabotage. Some people rather than sell products send them into interlands where they can sell at ridiculous prices and so you are having this price distortions where people are making a lot of money, some are internal and some are external but a lot of it is marketers trying to make quick returns on their investments wrongly. We have asked DPR to deploy officials to ensure products are sold at the right because is only through price stabilization that these system queues will disappear.

Amazing, students manufacture mini bus using local tools- #MadeInNigeria.

The time for Nigeria to look inwards is now. We have all the resources, both human and material, to be great. 

Seven final year engineering students of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, designed and constructed a mini bus from scratch with locally sourced materials made specially to suit Nigeria’s topography and climatic condition. “The bus was constructed from start to finish at the University’s workshop, using all necessary design software and Computer-Aided Design (CAD) tools. We constructed the chassis, down to every single part of the mini bus,” said Callistus Ezeigwe, one of the seven. 

National Honours Award Committee inaugurated by FG.

Federal Government has inaugurated the newly-reconstituted committee on National Honours Award. 

Performing the ceremony in Abuja, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Babachir Lawal, reminded members of the committee that the national award had two purposes: to recognise and honour citizens and friends of Nigeria, who have distinguished themselves in their various fields and contributed to the country’s development. 

Sad: Female suicide bombers attack IDP camp in Borno.

According to a report on Channels TV, two female suicide bombers have attacked an IDP camp situated in Bama, Borno state. Number of casualties is yet unknown. More details later.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

We never spent N4 billion to purchase 108 cars - Senators

The Senate in Abuja yesterday, revealed, that senators unanimously rejected the proposed loan to buy their vehicles, adding that none of the 108 lawmakers wanted any part in it.

Chairman, Senate Committee on Senate Services, Senator Ibrahim Gobir, who spoke to journalists yesterday said the upper chamber never spent over N4 billion to purchase 108 cars for lawmakers, adding that only 36 SUVs were bought at the cost of N36.5 million each.

China to start importing from Nigeria —Emefiele

The Governor of the Central bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, has said the Federal Government was talking with China so it would also be importing some of its own requirements from Nigeria. According to Emefiele, this would help to reduce the gulf in trading between the two countries. 

Speaking at a press conference at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, on the last day of the 2016 World Bank/IMF spring meeting, Emefiele also said part of Nigeria’s deal with China was that the country became the Asian country’s trading hub in West Africa. He said: “China has appointed South Africa as its trading hub for Renminbi transactions in the South African region, has appointed Kenya as its trading hub for East and Central Africa. “And Nigeria, the mandate that we signed is for us to be appointed as the trading hub in West African. 

705,352 Nigerians scrabble for 10,000 Police jobs.

Barely three weeks after the Police Service Commission, PSC, opened the portal for applications for 10,000 vacancies approved by the Federal Government, the commission has received 705,352 applications. 

President Muhammadu Buhari had, at last year’s National Security Summit, approved the recruitment of 10,000 policemen into the nation’s Police Force for better service. A statement signed by the commission’s spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani, said 202,427 had successfully applied for the position of Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police, ASP; 169,446 for Cadet Inspector and 333,479 as Constables. 

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Photos: Buhari, Osinajo and Minister of Budget & National Planning meet over 2016 budget

President Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the Minister of Budget and National Planning Udoma Udo Udoma pictured today at the presidential villa discussing the 2016 budget.




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